Luxury holidays in Naxos
Once a cultural hub of ancient empires, Naxos is now a go-to Greek getaway for in-the-know holiday seekers. It’s a laid-back sister island to party-loving Mykonos and Instagram-star Santorini, dotted with historic mountain villages, temple ruins and blue-and-white Byzantine churches. The island’s green interior is a patchwork of lush olive groves, winding vineyards and towering Mount Zeus, the highest peak in the Cyclades; the southwest coast, with long stretches of golden coastline – Panormos beach is best for watersports – and secluded coves, has a handful of boutique seaside stays. In the evenings, beachfront cafés dish out freshly caught seafood – octopus, anyone? – and bottles of locally produced wine as the sun sneaks away beyond the Aegean horizon.
When to go
Naxos is busiest from June through August, when temperatures peak and rain clouds generally stay away. Visit in late spring or early autumn (before the third week of September, when many spots shutter up for the stormy season) for pleasantly warm seas and less crowded beaches.